How to Get Pregnant Again in 12 Steps

    So you already have a child and now you are trying to get pregnant again. Easy? Maybe not. Read our 12 step program:

    1. Determine readiness. The mom and dad need to ask themselves if they are really ready to have another child before trying to conceive. Sometimes the idea of having another baby will arise as soon as the first baby is old enough to exhibit some independence.
    2. Are you fertile enough? Mom may not be as fertile the second time around as the first time. This could be due to age or the time between the first and second pregnancy. If menstrual cycles are out of balance, taking a birth control pill for a few months before trying to conceive may increase the chances of conception.
    3. Is he fertile enough? Mom is only half of the pregnancy equation. If there is trouble with conception, dad may have a lower than normal sperm count. Testing sperm count is quick and easy and can help to determine the problem early on.
    4. Previous complications. If the previous pregnancy was riddled with complications, the body may reject another pregnancy at first. Mom and dad will need to discuss any problems with conception with the obstetrician or the fertility specialist if there were complications with the last pregnancy.
    5. Past miscarriages. Mothers who are more apt to suffer from miscarriage may have no trouble conceiving but all the trouble holding the baby once conceived. The pregnancy may self abort before mom has realized she is pregnant or after the positive pregnancy test. The obstetrician may have good advice on how to adapt the lifestyle to have a better chance of keeping baby safe and growing.
    6. Menstrual cycles and ovulation. The menstrual cycle and ovulation cycle mean everything to conception. If the menstrual cycle is out of balance, the ovulation cycle will be out of balance. It is important to establish a regular menstrual cycle when trying to conceive.
    7. Exploring cervical mucus. Cervical mucus can tell mom when she is ready to conceive. If the mucus looks like the white of an egg, she is most fertile.
    8. Preparing the body for pregnancy. The body is not always ready to conceive when mom and dad are ready. It is important to prepare for the pregnancy in advance when trying to plan a pregnancy. The time between pregnancies, prenatal vitamin, exercise and weight gain or loss can all help conception efforts.
    9. Waiting an appropriate length of time. The time between pregnancies is not set in stone, but mom needs to give the body enough time to recover from the previous pregnancy before trying again. The most common wait time between pregnancies is one year.
    10. Losing or gaining weight. Weight gain or weight loss can increase the chance of fertility. If mom is underweight, achieving a healthy weight can bring menstrual cycles back in pattern and help her to predict the most fertile time. Along the same lines, weight loss can do the same thing to the female body.
    11. Starting prenatal supplements. Prenatal vitamins can be taken before pregnancy, during pregnancy and after pregnancy. If mom and dad know they want to have another baby, taking the prenatal vitamin consistently is a great idea.
    12. Having patience. Patience is the most powerful tool in conception. No every woman will get pregnant on the first try. Stress about not becoming pregnant can actually hinder the chances of conception.